It's not really pocketable, at least not for me. But neither is the PlayStation Vita, and neither is a Kindle, for that matter. The bigger screen is definitely an improvement, but it also retains the same resolution, which can make things look more pixelated. The 3-D effect is fairly easy to lose--if you change the focus of your eyes by looking elsewhere, or the angle by moving your head, you kind of have to concentrate to get the effect to come back. The speaker is, curiously, not as good and not nearly as loud as the 3DS. And the games library is still a bit thin. But if you're going to make the jump into portable glasses-free 3-D gaming, the XL is definitely the way to go.